Coronavirus: Looking after our wellbeing

We have brought together the latest advice and guidance, as we all try and get through these challenging times. 

We have also recorded video interviews with some of our clients and our team of experts, sharing their tips on how to look after yourself and others.  


Tips for all of us

talk about worries

Fear, working from home and isolation can be scary. But you are not the only one feeling this way. 

make a plan

Stick to your old routine as much as possible. Keep bedtimes, mealtimes and activities the same.

stay in touch

Make tech work for you! use video calls to keep contact with family, friends and colleagues. 

where do  you stand

Do you understand your work policies around sick pay and your contingency plans? Find out.

Get the right info

Refer to the experts rather than the arm chair keyboard worriers. NHS and GOV.UK.  

take a break

Consider if the constant news updates and social media posts are doing you any good. 

Be active

Get your body moving! We know that exercise and activity can protect against anxiety.

keep you mind active

You CAN teach old dogs new tricks! More connections in the brain protects mental health.

get some fresh air

Spending time outside can improve mood and reduce stress. Open a window or get out in the garden.  

get help

Being worried is natural, but if you are feeling overwhelmed or can't cope, GET HELP.   

Tips for managers

talk about worries

Fear, working from home, isolation, working hours and worklife balance whilst working from home.

make a plan

Make sure people know what is expected of them and how they are expected to work. 

stay in touch

How will you stay connected? How often will you speak to people you line manage? 

KeeP informed

Do staff understand policies around sick pay and your organisations contingency plans?

encourage info

Encourage accurate information and updates via reputable sources like NHS and GOV.UK.  

take a break

Encourage people to take  break from social media. It can be a source of serious stress. 

Promote resources

If you have EAP's or any other wellbeing resources, make sure people know about them.

signpost

If someone is finding it tough, don't wait, signpost to professional advice and support.

Get the latest legal updates from our friends at commercial law firm Freeths

Tips for working from home

talk about worries

Fear, working from home, isolation, working hours and worklife balance whilst working from home.

make a plan

Make sure you know what is expected of you. Have you got what you need to do your job? 

have a workspace

If you can, have an area where you will work (and hope that is doesn’t get covered in lego or biscuit crumbs!) 

stay in touch

Keep in touch using video calls and team platforms like WhatsApp. Make technology work for you. 

be flexible

Accept that working 9-5 probably won’t happen and sort a routine that works for the whole family  

KeeP informed

Do you understand policies around sick pay and your organisations contingency plans?

get the right info

Refer to the experts rather than the arm chair keyboard worriers. NHS and GOV.UK.  

take a break

Technology is great, but don't let it take over! Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

Speak to the school

Ask the school what homework and digital learning is available to keep the little ones busy.

signpost

Being worried is natural, but if you are feeling overwhelmed or can't cope, GET HELP.   

Understand your rights with guidance from ManeySaving Expert.com

Tips for parents

talk to your child

Don't be afraid to talk about coronavirus, and you don't need all the answers. Check out the links.

reassure them

Flu is so much more common than coronavirus. Most people recover than get seriously ill or die. 

empower them

Talk to them about the things they can do, like washing hands and binning tissues.

KeeP informed

Guidance is changing rapidly. Keep yourself up to date and look after yourself too!

Are your people really at the heart of what you do?  

Take care of the threats, both physical and psychological! 

Forget the strategic management speak. Be real!  

Do company values still align with those of the employee?  

Give people the opportunity to take care of themselves.  

Do we assume our mental wellbeing will take care of itself? 

Could we emerge as stronger versions of ourselves? 

Some of our clients and friends share their stories...

As well as being a human tragedy, this outbreak presents significant challenges to businesses of all shapes and sizes. At a time when no-one seems to have any answers, we are so grateful to our clients and friends for being so open and honest in sharing what they are doing to reassure and support their people.    

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Claire Kershaw

Health and Wellbeing Manager

at Next


Claire shares practical advice on supporting teams and how to look after yourself.

Fiona Powell

Senior Associate specialising in Employment Law at Freeths


Fiona discusses the very latest legal updates, including the 'furlough' scheme.    

Lucy Finn

Assistant Director of People, Barnardo's Scotland


Lucy talks about the pressures on Senior Managers and how they support teams. 

Ben Alcott

Director, International Group- Civil Aviation Authority


Managing people working remotely and your own personal wellbeing. 

Jill Thornton

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager at the Royal College of Nursing


Supporting staff  working from home and how to look after yourself.

Liz Cole

Head of Health and Safety for

Catch 22


How do you support staff who perform essential services like caring for others? 

General tips and guidance

Follow medical guidance and advice

Take notice of advice from those qualified to give it, and be mindful of who you pay attention to. 

don't panic: try to stay calm

There's no doubt this is worrying, but too much worry will do more harm than good.

keep to your normal routine if possible

Stick to your normal wake up and bedtimes, and keep doing the things you enjoy.

take a break from social media and the news

Wall to wall news coverage and social media stories can distort our sense of perspective. 

Our team of trainers share their top tips

Terry sat down (digitally and at a safe distance ofcourse) with some of our training team, to talk about COVID-19 and their specialist field of interest. You'll find advice and guidance about everything from working at home, managing anxiety to social media, young people and new or expectant mums.  

Emma Greenstein

Open University Mental Health Lead and Counsellor


The signs and symptoms of anxiety  and what we can all do to look after ourselves.

Hugo Metcalfe

Research Psychologist and our digital media and young people specialist.  


Hugo talks us through the affects of pandemics on our behaviour and wellbeing.

Michelle Richardson

Specialist perinatal mental health midwife and trainer


Michelle shares the latest advice and guidance for pregnant women and new mums.

Hugo Metcalfe

Research Psychologist and our digital media and young people specialist.  


Is social media making things worse? Or can it be a force for good? Hugo shares the research.

Andy Flockton

Occupational Therapist, Clinician and MHFA England  National Trainer 


Andy explores how organisations can support their staff and Mental Health First Aiders.

Hugo Metcalfe

Research Psychologist and our digital media and young people specialist.  


Hugo's back with pearls of wisdom about how to talk to your kids about COVID-19

Some light reading...

We are updating this page all the time, so make sure you drop back in soon. If you have any specific questions or areas you would like us to cover, please drop us a line. 

From all of us at Oakwood, take care and now more than ever, 

be kind to yourself and eachother.   

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CEO, Next

Terry was an excellent trainer and we came away with a much clearer picture of how mental health issues affect people at work. The training was engaging, accessible, informative, important and mind-broadening. Most of all, the training helped to dispel the stigma and fear of mental health - giving delegates the confidence to recognise some of the symptoms and a desire to do what we can to help people through periods of mental ill-health.

Lord Simon Wolfson CEO, Next
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Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Next

Oakwood have helped Next to embark upon their journey to improve the way those who experience mental ill-health are recognised, heard and helped. From the development of corporate objectives and a Mental Wellbeing Charter to the creation and delivery of a comprehensive training programme and procedures, Oakwood have been incredibly supportive at every stage.

Andy Latham Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Next
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Health, Safety and Wellbeing Advisor, Next

Terry and Oakwood have been working closely with us at Next over the last year to assist in the development of our Mental Health programme. They have delivered senior management Mental Health awareness training and have also worked with some key personnel within Next to develop their knowledge, confidence and delivery in the subject of Mental Health creating our own in house training resource.

Terry is so approachable and personable. He has been incredibly supportive to our team and has help us to set up a great platform on which to build.

Claire Kershaw Health, Safety and Wellbeing Advisor, Next